Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams "Give It The Devil" And Enjoy Successful First Day At New Jersey Motorsports Park

NEWS September 7, 2012

Yamaha U.S. Road Racing Teams "Give It The Devil" And Enjoy Successful First Day At New Jersey Motorsports Park

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor USA:

Millville, NJ (September 7, 2012) – With five highly capable riders competing in three different GEICO AMA Pro Road Racing classes, the first day at the American Red Cross Devil’s Showdown In New Jersey was a successful one for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha and Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teams.

In AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, two-time reigning series champion Josh Hayes led the noontime practice session, then went on win the provisional pole in the afternoon’s first qualifying session.

“It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve been on a motorcycle,” Josh quipped as he commented on the rare six-week break in the AMA Pro Racing season. “The track is in good condition. The weather is good. My Yamaha R1 is the same as I remember it. I kept myself in shape during the break, and I’m happy to get back to the business of winning races.”

Josh’s teammate, and rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 had a little bit tougher day. He had an uncharacteristic tipover in practice, which contributed to being slightly off the pace early in provisional qualifying. But, Josh found his speed towards the end of the session, and he worked himself up to seventh place leading into tomorrow’s final qualifying. A good night’s sleep should do the SuperBike rookie sensation some good, and he’ll be looking to improve on his starting position in final qualifying.

In AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, Tommy Hayden, who rides the #22 Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, used his smooth, analytical style in provisional qualifying to continually improve on his laptimes throughout the session. He ran 24 laps in qualifying and clicked off his fastest lap of the day on his final circulation around the 14-turn, 2.2-mile road course, which put him in second place on the provisional starting grid. Tommy’s teammate, Cameron Beaubier--who has won four of the past five DSB races, as well as being on the podium in 9 out of the 11 races he’s started--qualified in third place.

In AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport, Garrett Gerloff made his return to racing after his Daytona 200 practice crash this past March, and he went right to work “shaking off the rust.” After a methodical practice session, Garrett turned up the wick in provisional qualifying and worked himself up to a remarkable sixth place, He’ll consult with his team overnight, in an effort to improve his starting position in tomorrow morning’s final qualifying.

SuperSport Race 1 will go green at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Daytona SportBike Race 1 will start at 2:00 PM, and SuperBike Race 1 is scheduled for 3:15 PM. All times are Eastern.

If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action from New Jersey Motorsports Park on Speed TV. For the exact days and times of the telecasts, check your local listings, or go to www.SpeedTV.com for more information.

For news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha’s Facebook page.

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